Then there was his Governors Awards appearance, honoring Belafonte. Rock killed it in his brief remarks, giving a shout-out to academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs ("It's nice to see a black president that America still likes") and, noting Belafonte's efforts in voter registration during the civil rights era, adding a topical zinger, "Thank God no one's trying to stop people from voting now!"
Rock also appeared at the National Board of Review dinner in January where he mocked producer Scott Rudin and some of the evening's self-important speeches.
Said Rock: "They all say: 'We made something that was more than an animated movie.' No you ... didn't. I did 'Madagascar.' I cashed a check and got the ... out of there."